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 Post subject: Black Tigers and sleeping suicide cadres
 Post Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2005 2:31 am 
Is your housemaid a sleeping suicide cadre?

By Shamindra Ferdinando
The Island / 06JUL2005


The LTTE annually observes Black Tigers’ Day in the northern and eastern provinces and since the February 2002 Cease-Fire Agreement, celebrations also take place at Nelliyadi, the scene of the first suicide attack on July 5, 1987.

The LTTE proudly marks the first human bomb attack carried out by a cadre known as Captain Miller who drove an explosives-laden half truck to the Nelliady detachment.

Miller, from Thunnalai, Vadamaradchi, devastated the detachment located in the Nelliady Madhya Maha Vidyalaya, 3 km southwest of Point Pedro, during the Operation Liberation.

The first suicide cadre’s father had been a TULF politician representing the Jaffna district.

We hardly hear of about 270 suicide cadres, from feared Black Tigers and Black Sea Tigers killed in targeting key military and economic targets and VIPs. Since the Oslo-arranged CFA, TULF politicians, too, join the annual celebrations despite one of their own, lawmaker and constitutional affairs expert Neelan Tiruchelvan being a victim of a suicide cadre.

The LTTE mounted the last human bomb attack in July last year. The target was EPDP leader and Minister Douglas Devananda. A CID investigation revealed that unlike previous occasions, the suicide cadre (police never established her real identity) had found employment with an affluent family as part of her cover.

She had worked at Thalawathugoda residence of a UNP politician as a maid servant until she was ordered to strike Devananda, at his office situated opposite Colombo Plaza. She exploded herself at the nearby Kollupitiya police station, killing two policemen and two security assistants.

She had found employment at the politician’s residence with the help of a female middle-aged job agent whose son frequently visited Mullaitivu and subsequently married from the LTTE-held district. The politician, the son of a prominent UNP minister of yesteryear had promptly got in touch with the CID after seeing the girl’s photograph, the one on her National Identity card, after national newspapers published the picture on a police headquarters request.

Subsequent inquiries revealed that her NIC too had been fraudulently obtained with the help of a group of corrupt Registrar of Persons personnel including senior officers.

Police described her as a sleeping agent ready to swing into action at short notice. But she wouldn’t have been what our sources termed as Tigers’ primed assets in the city and its suburbs. There is no doubt that there are others patiently waiting for their turn.

The findings proved beyond any doubt that suicide cadres are ready to strike and the CFA or the much advertised Post Tsunami Operational Management Structure (P-TOMS) wouldn’t discourage the LTTE from launching suicide cadres again. Devananda, despite his support to the P-TOMS was heard bitterly complaining to Norwegian facilitators about a planned suicide attack. The Norwegians wouldn’t take notice of Devananda’s complaint.

Red and Yellow flags, decorative ornaments and picture boards adorned streets and junctions in key towns including Jaffna, Point Pedro, Vavuniya, Mannar, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu, projecting a festival atmosphere Tigers celebrated the Black Tigers day, yesterday-the 18th anniversary.

Black Tigers' identities are closely guarded. Having completed their training, they serve in regular LTTE units, concealing their membership. When called up for a mission, they take routine leave and if they survive, return to regular service again. Membership is only revealed if they are killed in combat.

According to a statement issued by the LTTE’s Heroes Welfare Section, 49 Black Tigers from Ampara- Batticaloa regionhad been killed in action. It had placed the total number of cadres killed in suicide attacks at 263.


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